7 Reasons to Schedule an Eye Doctor Visit

Do you struggle to read signs or see objects clearly? Like many people with vision problems, you may be tempted to put off scheduling an eye exam. But it’s important to have vision changes checked to make sure your eyes are healthy, and your vision is clear. Here are seven reasons to schedule an eye doctor visit.

  1. Blurred or double vision – People may experience blurred or double vision for a variety of reasons. Sometimes these vision changes are a sign of a serious problem. Have it checked out by scheduling an eye doctor visit.
  2. Spots or floaters – It’s normal to see occasional spots or floaters. But if you see flashing lights or little blobs in your vision, contact your eye doctor right away.
  3. Eye diseases – Vision changes can be a sign of a serious medical condition. These include diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. It also could be a symptom of glaucoma, cataracts or age-related macular degeneration. Find out by visiting your eye doctor.
  4. Eye pain – Dry eye, infection, allergies or irritation are common causes of eye pain. Usually, over-the-counter pain killers or eye drops can provide relief. But if the pain persists or becomes severe, contact your eye doctor.
  5. Dry eye – Eyes get watery, gritty, itchy and dry for many reasons. Common causes are medications, allergies and weather changes. Using over-the-counter eye drops can help your eyes feel better. But if the problem continues for more than 48 hours, see an eye doctor.
  6. Eyestrain and headaches – People spend hours upon hours looking at digital screens. So it’s easy to develop eyestrain and headaches. It generally happens when people forget to blink, which lubricates their eyes and gives their vision a rest. In fact, research shows that when using digital screens, people tend to blink 50% less. So every 20 minutes, look away from your digital device and rest your eyes for about 20 seconds.
  7. Night blindness and light sensitivity – If you struggle to see when driving at night or going outdoors after being in a dimly lit room, you’ll want to have your vision checked.
Woman photographing husband and son in park with digital camera.

Protect your vision for life by regularly scheduling an eye doctor visit to check the healthiness of your eyes. If you wear corrective eyeglasses or sunglasses, read this blog to learn how to keep your eyewear in top shape.

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